Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Anthropology

The Master’s degree program in Anthropology prepares students for a Ph.D. as well as for careers in government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, museums, and numerous other fields. Students may focus on cultural anthropology or bioarchaeology. Students learn the history of critical inquiry in the discipline of anthropology and how to approach and develop their own topics of research; they are trained in fieldwork and ethnographic methods appropriate for their plans and goals; and they are guided through the research and writing process central to completion of a thesis or project. In the process, they will also learn about the ethics of conducting research.

Coursework progresses from core courses in theory and methods to more advanced elective courses that are relevant to students’ unique interests and research goals. Coursework in related fields such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and History, for instance, may also be used to enhance a student’s program of study. Each student is required to complete a thesis or project that centers on a particular research question or problematic. Students work closely with an advisor to develop their research goals and to determine the best methods to achieve those goals.

Areas of advanced training include culture, health, and bioethics; war and biotechnology; political economy and markets; environment and development; transnationalism, urbanism, and globalization; bioarchaeology; zooarchaeology; and biological anthropology. Advanced graduate courses focus either on regional studies (e.g., South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America) or special topics (e.g., Food and Culture, Anthropology of Cities, Ritualized Violence, etc.) that build upon faculty interests and expertise. Graduates of the Anthropology MA program will be prepared to address theoretical and applied questions in health, human rights, education, public policy, conflict analysis, urban studies, and many other areas of national and international importance.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.



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